November 29, 2016

December Photo-A-Day...

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for December 2016...
How To Take Part In December Photo-A-Day:     
  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

November 26, 2016

Adventures In Brooklyn | Exploring Green-Wood Cemetery...

Earlier in the month Phil, Justin and I went on a little adventure around Brooklyn that included a trip to the historic Green-Wood Cemetery. And because I took so many pictures (You guys know I love me a cemetery) while we were there I thought that I'd do a post dedicated to just our time there.

About Green-Wood Cemetery (From the Green-Wood website)
Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it had earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the prestigious place to be buried, attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked there to enjoy family outings, carriage rides, and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.

Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.

A magnet for history buffs and bird watchers, Green-Wood is a Revolutionary War historic site (the Battle of Long Island was fought in 1776 across what is now its grounds), a designated site on the Civil War Discovery Trail and a registered member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System.

On September 27, 2006, Green-Wood was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior, which recognized its national significance in art, architecture, landscaping and history.

After almost two centuries, Green-Wood is as beautiful as it was at its founding. But such historic beauty is fragile. Time and weather have taken their toll on marble sculpture, granite monuments, brownstone mausoleums, cast-iron signs and landscaped parkland.

Established in 1999, The Green-Wood Historic Fund’s mission is to maintain Green-Wood Cemetery’s monuments and buildings of historical, cultural and architectural significance; advance public knowledge and appreciation of this significance; and preserve the natural habitat and parklands of one of New York City’s first green spaces. With funding from memberships and donations, The Historic Fund not only preserves the past to enrich our future, but keeps a vibrant presence in our current time by presenting open-to-the-public events which include themed walking and trolley tours, book talks and special seasonal events.

I cannot wait to go back to Green-Wood and explore some more because we didn't even make a dent while we were there. Maybe next time we'll take the trolley or walking tour.

November 16, 2016

Things I Hate | Commercials Featuring Librarians...

True story, I hate commercials that feature libraries and/or librarians. They always seem to perpetuate the stereotype of the stuffy uptight librarian who is shushing people, which pisses me off beyond belief.

I know, I know... You're all probably like what sparked this random post? It's the damn Kit Kat commercials that I keep seeing...

I hate absolutely everything about this commercial. I hate the shushing. I hate the tight hair in a bun (Yes, I know I wear my hair in a tight bun on the regular). I hate the doubty clothing. I hate the idea that a "handsome" man and some chocolate can get someone to ignore wrongdoings.

Sorry about the mini rant. It's just that this commercial seriously pisses me off every time I see it and I just wanna scream at the TV.

Are there any commercials that piss you off? Lemme know!

November 15, 2016

Stuck In My Head | Do-Re-Mi...

Ever since seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Sound of Music' Home Movie on Ellen's YouTube Sunday night, I have had "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music (1965) stuck in my head.

I mean, it's not the worst Rodgers and Hammerstein song to have stuck in one's head. But it is stuck in my head nonetheless.

So here it is to get it stuck in your head...

Fun Fact: My sister literally watched The Sound of Music EVERYDAY for the longest time as a child. So I've seen The Sound of Music probably about a 100+ times.

November 8, 2016

No New Year's Eve Plans | Pitbull's New Year's Revolution...

So I just got a press release for Pitbull's New Year's Revolution and it made me realize that for the first time in years I have not made plans to do something on New Years Eve in advance. Why is this a problem? Because historically I'm notorious for making plans way in advance to lock people down for various occasions and I completely forgot to do that this year. And now I have no idea what's going on or who is available for what, so I'm gonna have to scramble to either throw a party or find some alternative plans. Which is slightly stressing me out, and I know it's a stupid thing to get stressed about but little things have been driving me nuts as of late.

I mean it wouldn't be the end of the World to stay in with Justin and watch the ball drop in our pajamas, but I like spending the evening with friends. So I'm just gonna have to start messaging people about it and trying to figure things out.

Do you have any plans for New Year's Eve? Or do you just skip celebrating altogether? Lemme know!

And for those of you that care, this is the press release that sparked my manic New Year's Eve-ness...

Mr. Worldwide is Back to Ring in the New Year on FOX!
Academy Award nominee and Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah, from the new FOX series STAR, and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg will host PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION airing Saturday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live CT/MT/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. The special returns for the third annual New Year’s party, broadcast live from Miami’s Bayfront Park, with the breathtaking skyline and waterfront views as a backdrop to the celebration. Pitbull will start the year off right with epic surprises and this year’s biggest names in music to ring in 2017 Miami-style. Performers to be announced.    
Last year, Mr. 305 was joined by an incredible lineup, including music legends Puff Daddy and the Family, EMPIRE superstars Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, hit artists Shawn Mendes, Pia Mia, Camila Cabello and so many more.      

PITBULL’S NEW YEAR'S REVOLUTION, a presentation of Endemol Shine North America and Honey I’m Home, is produced by John Hamlin, Georgie Hurford-Jones, Rob Smith, David Ortiz, Pitbull and Queen Latifah. “Like” Pitbull at and follow him on Twitter @pitbull. “Like” Queen Latifah at and follow her on Twitter @IAMQUEENLATIFAH. “Like” Snoop Dogg at and follow him on Twitter @SnoopDogg. “Like” PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION at and follow the special on Twitter @PitbullNYE.
It sounds like it's going to be a good show. I know we enjoyed last year's New Year's Revolution, so we'll probably have this on no matter if it's just Justin and I or a party, etc. I hope Martha shows up because I've been digging Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party (2016 - Present).

November 7, 2016

November 3, 2016

50 Random Facts About Me...

  1. Because I tried to dye my hair from red to silver (Which was a huge mistake) I destroyed my hair way more than it already was and had to cut it off a few months back. And now I am totally missing my long hair and am contemplating getting hair extensions.
  2. There are always two types of peanut butter and jam in the apartment because I like smooth peanut butter and strawberry jam, while Justin likes chunky peanut butter and raspberry jam.
  3. I am obsessed with getting Sephora points and will not buy beauty products from other stores if I can get them at Sephora.
  4. I have a little notebook where I write all the dumb funny shit Justin says to me.
  5. My right pinkie is larger than my left pinkie and because of that my nailbeds are different on both of those fingers, so I have to use significantly different fakes nails on my pinkies. Which looks funny if you put my pinkies next to each other.
  6. I eat French fries with BBQ sauce.
  7. The last handful of books I've read for pleasure have been nonfiction and I don't remember the last fiction book I read.
  8. I speak to my sister almost everyday, unless we are fighting. 
  9. Driving in the Five Boroughs makes me want to cry and sometimes I do.
  10. I am Page Supervisor at my library.
  11. My college friends once thought that I was given a membership card to the liquor store that we used to frequent (Or I used to frequent because they were all underage) because of the amount of booze I was walking out of the store with one day. I had a lottery scratch off game in my hand. It's still a running joke 10 years later.
  12. Gluten free pretzels are my crack. 
  13. I magnets from every place I've visited next to my desk at work.
  14. I wear my wedding band in front of my engagement ring because my engagement ring is too big and it cannot be resized. But because of that people never notice my wedding band and people are constantly congratulating me on my engagement.
  15. Meta Knight is my go to Super Smash Bros. character.
  16. I have Donald & Daisy Duck Tsum Tsums in my car. 
  17. I love drawing with felt tip markers.
  18. I've known Phil, Erin, Day, Toni, etc. for almost twenty years.
  19. The only melon I like is watermelon.
  20. My friends and I try to go to brunch in New York City once a month.
  21. The background on my iMac at work consists of various Hamilton lyrics.
  22. In terms of my sister and I, people don't know which one of us is the older one or the younger one. 
  23. I love cheap sweet champagne.
  24. Justin and I have a bunch of the Starbucks $2.00 reusable cups because they are the best cups ever to hide booze in. Especially when on the beach or in the parking lot tailgating at a baseball game.
  25. Mysteries At The Museum (2010 - Present) is my go to show if it's on.
  26. I hate people who think they're special because they are getting married.
  27. Because I love rice there is always a twenty pound bag in my apartment.
  28. My last name is hyphenated but no one calls me by my hyphenated name, they call me by Justin's last name. Which really pisses me off because if I would have known I wouldn't have hyphenated my damn last name.
  29. I have a collection of Instagram photos on my phone that I want to recreate with my friends.
  30. I buy all of my headscarves from the thrift store.
  31. I've dropped out of a bridal party before.
  32. Toni's son says I have claws because my nails are a cross between almond & stiletto shaped. 
  33. I am the only person at my job that actually knows how to use our 3D Printer.
  34. The only foods Justin and I have delivered to our apartment are Turkish and Japanese food.
  35. My all time favorite sunscreen is Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF 30.
  36. I have a birthmark on my neck that looks like a little hickey.
  37. It says my name is Missy on my e-mail for the blog. 
  38. Listening to kiddie iPad games makes me want to jam pens in my ears.
  39. I don't really like chocolate. 
  40. On my old car I had window stickers of a TARDIS and a Dalek.
  41. If Justin and I ever get a house with a yard I am going to get a bat house.
  42. I pick caraway seeds off everything bagels because I love everything bagels but hate caraway seeds.
  43. Justin says I'm an 'A' cook but a 'C' housekeeper and I agree.
  44. One of my dream trips is to visit Antarctica via Argentina.
  45. I'm on Team Valor in Pokemon Go. 
  46. I like to go to sleep with ghost shows on in the background.
  47. My sister has paid for both of my tattoos as birthday presents to me. 
  48. I am the only person in my apartment who drinks orange juice, so I drink it out of the container.
  49. I only buy pasta in bags. I don't like pasta in boxes.
  50. I have a collection of LEGO people on my desk at work.

November 1, 2016

Sunday At Muttontown Preserve...

This past Sunday Toni and I took her girls to Muttontown Preserve here on Long Island so that her oldest could take pictures for her digital photography class. Here are some of the random pictures I took while we were there...

It was such a beautiful day and we had an awesome time just walking around the preserve taking pictures. I look forward to doing it again!